5 Tips for Crazy Mornings plus breakfast recipes

5 Tips for Crazy Mornings plus Breakfast Recipes

Two mornings a week we are out the door by 7am. I wake at 6am and the boys follow after that which means we have an hour to be fed, dressed, lunches packed, kitchen tidied, beds made and in the car for  two school drop offs and then off to work.

This has been the case for the last 6 months and finally in the past two weeks I think I have my act together to achieve this “what seems impossible” time frame without completely loosing it.

When this first became out routine at the start of the year when Mr 5 started Prep I was all kinds of overwhelmed and exhausted before even starting the day.  With a little tweaking and prior planning (I always think of the 5 P’s – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance which I picked up somewhere during school or uni) I now work like a well oiled machine -well most of the time.

Here are my tips to survive the mornings:

1. Make school lunches the night before. (This includes your lunch too) Have everything ready in the fridge so you can just place it into the cooler bag with an ice pack and straight in the school bag.

2. Check what each child needs for the day the night before and have it packed in the bag. This includes having the bags (yours as well) and shoes ready at the door for an easy exit.

3. Stick to a breakfast that you know they will eat and is easy to prepare.  We go for toast or cereal.  Alternatively take advantage of the breakfast that is provided at before school care or day care. I have also included a list of breakfasts that can be made the night before, frozen or made in less than 5 minutes.

4. If you still dress the children dress them all at the same time so your not jumping from this and that.  So much time is wasted moving from task to task (which is hard to avoid with little children) but if you can avoid it you will save time.

5. I get dressed and do my makeup last after everything/one is ready.  This stops my uniform from getting food and grotty hands all over it and I know once I’m ready all we have to do is get shoes on and get in the car.

Extras that get done in between if time permits: dishes straight into the dishwasher, beds made when pyjamas are put away.

I have put together some of my favourite breakfast recipes for crazy mornings that can be made the night before, or frozen or made in less than 5 minutes.  Perfect if you are after something more substantial than toast and cereal.

Breakfast Smoothie

The Best Breakfast Banana Smoothie to Start Your Day

Breakfast Banana & Date Bars

Banana and Date Breakfast BarsOats in a Jar


Leg Ham, Cheese and Corn Muffins

D'Orsogna Leg Ham, Cheese and Corn Muffins for the Lunchbox

Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

Overnight Chia Seed PuddingBanana & Chia Seed Bread

Banana Chia BreadMicrowave Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

Microwave Scrambled Eggs

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2 Responses to 5 Tips for Crazy Mornings plus Breakfast Recipes

  1. Christine June 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Great tips! I always feel more in control of our mornings when I prepare the night before. Thanks for the quick recipe ideas, I’m definitely trying the overnight chia pudding, it sounds yummy.

  2. Penelope Cohen June 17, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    I found a recipe the other week for leftover risotto. Pretty much a rice verion of a frittata. I didn’t want to mess around standing over a frypan that particular evening so I adapted the recipe and turned it into risotto bars instead. Just add sufficient grated cheese and a beaten egg in with risotto (quantities will depend on how much risotto you have) and add any other ingredients you fancy. I added some crumbled fresh mushrooms. I cooked mine in a silicon friand sheet with a bit extra cheese on top and bottom. Crumbled a bit getting out while hot but easier when cold. Only took a couple of mins in microwave. I used them for breakfasts and lunches on the go. Don’t see why you couldn’t do similar with fried rice or paella. Or sweet versions with rice pudding.

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